Objective

Install the official Spotify Linux client on Fedora.

Distributions

This was tested with Fedora 25, but it may work with slightly newer or older versions of Fedora.

Requirements

A working install of Fedora with root access.

Difficulty

Easy

Conventions

  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Introduction

Two of the most popular and highest quality media programs available for Linux are not available through Fedora's default repositories. Of course, these are no other than Kodi and VLC, and they are available on Fedora through RPM Fusion.

Kodi, which was previously known as XBMC, has boomed in popularity as of late with both Linux and mainstream audiences.

VLC has been a long time favorite for anyone looking for a media player capable of playing content with just about any encoding or file extension.

Getting the Repositories

As with many multimedia things in Fedora, this is an instance of "RPM Fusion to the rescue." Utilizing the reliable and trusted RPM Fusion repository grants access to both Kodi and VLC as well as valuable multimedia codecs and libraries required to play many people's favorite content.

The best way to get the repositories is to use the series of commands provided by RPM Fusion.
$ su -c 'dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'

Introduction

Google Chrome is one of the fastest and most well liked browsers available. Despite its closed source, it has long been a favorite of Linux users. This is especially true because it integrates features traditionally locked behind other proprietary software, like Flash, which traditionally function poorly.

Distributions like Fedora which only ship free software don't include Chrome, but Google provides convenient repositories to major Linux distributions to make installing and managing Chrome on Linux easy.

Introduction

Steam is easily the most popular PC gaming client, and with hundreds of titles available for Linux, it's not wonder why Linux gamers would want to install and use it. This is easier on some distributions than others, especially considering that Valve, the company behind Steam, officially targets Ubuntu and Debian.

Fedora users won't find Steam anywhere in the official Fedora repositories. This is mostly because of Fedora's strict free software policies. It is available through a reliable third-party repository, though, and it runs great when you get it set up.

Before You Install

Steam for Linux is 32bit only. That may feel like a hassle, but it really isn't. The only thing that you have to make sure of is that the 32bit version of your graphics driver is installed on your system.

If you are using any of the open source drivers, chances are, 32bit support is already installed and working. If you want to reinstall to be sure run whichever of the following fits your graphics card.

Intel

$ su -c 'dnf -y install xorg-x11-drv-intel mesa-libGL.i686 mesa-dri-drivers.i686'

Fedora 24 brings with it a number of technical improvements, software upgrades, and under the hood. It’s clear that the Fedora developers have been working closely with upstream sources to tightly integrate advances in everything from the kernel to GNOME, Systemd, NetworkManager, and GCC6 which have all been forged into a powerful core. However, that’s about where it ends.

When it comes to a being a full fledged desktop distribution, Fedora 24 falls a bit short, and that’s mostly due to the Fedora project’s limited repositories.

The default Fedora 24 desktop

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